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WHAT IS ANXIETY DISORDER

Anxiety is a natural human response to any threat or danger. Normal anxiety is rooted in fear and it serves an important survival function. When someone is faced with a dangerous situation, anxiety triggers the fight-or-flight response that leads to variety of physical changes, such as: increased blood flow to the heart and muscles, provides the body with the necessary energy and strength to deal with life-threatening situations. This allows people to run faster from an aggressive animal or increase strength in fighting off an attacker. However, when anxiety occurs at frequent times, inappropriate times, or is so intense and long-lasting that it interferes with a person's normal activities, it is considered a disorder.

Anxiety disorders are more common than any other category of mental health disorder and are believed to affect about 15% of adults in the United States. However, anxiety disorders often times are not recognized by people who have them or by health care practitioners. Consequently, they are seldomly treated.

Click HERE for the classification for anxiety disorder from DSM-5 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DAILY ANXIETY AND ANXIETY DISORDER

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HOW TO COPE WITH ANXIETY DISORDER

Aside from doctor's order after diagnosis, there are other things we can do/change to cope with anxiety disorder. Here are some techniques that you can consider:

  1. Connect with others- Build a strong support system with people who you can talk it out with.

  2. Learn to calm down quickly- Understand what are the things that can calm you down through different senses.

  3. Get moving- Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension, reduces stress hormones and boosts feel-good chemicals.

  4. Look at your worries in new ways- The core symptom of anxiety disorder is chronic worrying. Therefore, seeing things in a new perspective can break the cycle.

  5. Practice relaxation techniques- Using techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and meditation can help relieving the effect of an anxiety attack

Remember, when experiencing the symptoms of anxiety disorder, don't take it lightly. Visit your mental health specialist, follow his/her order and incorporating the coping technique can maximize the restoration for your mind.